Smith Anderson – the UK’s largest manufacturer of paper bags – has invested £3 million in state-of-the-art machinery to increase capacity at its factory in Kirkcaldy.
The investment, which includes a £450,000 Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise, will allow the company to increase capacity and target new customers.
Smith Anderson, founded in 1859 with the purchase of the Fettykil Paper Mill in Leslie, will create 22 new jobs as part of an investment project, ensuring it remains the market-leading paper bag manufacturer in both Scotland and Europe.
Speaking after a visit to the company yesterday (Wednesday 26 February), Scottish Government Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn said: “Not only will this grant support jobs in Fife, it will also allow Smith Anderson to achieve more cost-effective production and increase their capacity, thanks to thie new start-of-the-art machinery.
“It’s crucial that we continue to invest in our manufacturing industry and support innovation across Scotland to grow the economy, which we’re doing through the £65 million National Manufacturing Institute Scotland initiative.”
The machinery investment will allow Smith Anderson to deliver even more cost-effective production whilst increasing foundational machine capacity and operational output.
It will also allow the company, which now employs 243 staff, to target new customers as well as ensuring it meets the constantly increasing demands of its existing clients.
Smith Anderson’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Longstaffe, said: “After a number of extremely challenging years, during which we continued to invest, we can now celebrate the arrival of this new equipment. It consolidates our European market-leading position, encourages growth and supports the hard work and dedication we enjoy from what is a fabulous ‘Team Smith Anderson’.
“I am extremely proud of the company, what we have achieved and how well we have been supported by Scottish Enterprise in this process.”
Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) funding is a discretionary grant aimed at helping projects that will create or protect jobs in Scotland. Click for more information and to find out if you are eligible to apply.